I was in North Carolina for work last week. Try as I might to convince Shawn to take a week off of work and come to North Carolina with me, the romance of sitting in a hotel for a week by himself while I worked didn't convince him to join me. Nor did the awesome hotel with an indoor waterpark. And the week I spent in North Carolina was one of the longest weeks of my life. It had nothing to do with the meeting I attended, or the person I traveled with, or the appointments I had. It had everything to do with being away from Shawn. I wanted to be able to share everything with him. I wanted to sit at the table at night with him and tell him about my day. I wanted to hold his hand while I fell asleep. I wanted him with me to laugh at the strange pictures on the walls of the hotel. I wanted to explore with him.
But while I hate traveling without him, I love that we live when we do and have the technology available to us. I can take pictures and immediately send them to him. I can text him or email him about things that make me laugh. I can call him at night easily. And the best invention we found this week was face time from Apple. When I travel for work I can take an iPad with me and I LOVE using facetime to chat with Shawn at home with our MacBook. I loved being able to show him my hotel room. I loved seeing his face. And that's what made this week bearable.
Highlights of the week:
1) Staying at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina. It felt like a strange place for a meeting since they really cater to families, but the staff was amazing and the meeting went really well. The water park looked like a lot of fun, and I would definitely stay there again. And the little kid inside of me really wanted to go buy a magic wand and participate in their Magic Quest.
2) My travel companion would not agree with me, but I loved our second hotel too, the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, NC. I thought the lobby was swanky and loved my room and the view of the city. I didn't like that it didn't have a gym but you had to go across the street to work out (which I didn't do). The staff was also really amazing and friendly. Is that a North Carolina thing?
Next time I'm in North Carolina I'm taking Shawn with me. And I'm glad the next trip I have planned is a trip with Shawn to DISNEYLAND!